VLC for Android: Play YouTube, Dailymotion, and Online Video Streams

VLC for Android can play YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and other online video streams just like its desktop counterpart. The Android app can open videos using their URL and it will begin to stream immediately. Just copy and paste the link to the video in ☰ > Stream and it will load the video within the VLC app. When an online video is opened using VLC application, features of the Android app can be used on the stream as well.

An online video opened in VLC for Android can have its playback speed increased or decreased, subtitles can be loaded automatically or manually and even be formatted, audio speed can be controlled and synced. There is a whole host of features that come with VLC for Android and it is all available in an ad-free app. So, watch a YouTube video in 1.5x speed, sync the audio for Dailymotion videos or disable the video and hear just the audio of Vimeo streams. But the app does not continue playing the video when the phone is locked.

Here are the detailed steps to play YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and Other Online Video Streams in VLC for Android:

  • Copy the direct link to the video from your browser
  • Switch to VLC for Android app
  • Tap on Menu
  • Go to Stream
    Open Online Stream in VLC Android
  • Long press under Enter network address and hit Paste
    Paste Network Address

The video will open shortly. Feel free to use the on-screen interface controls to navigate the video and switch video resolution. Using the More … option, you can set a timer, control playback speed, skip to time, use the equalizer, cut of the video to play just the audio, delay subtitles, delay audio, use picture-in-picture mode and enable/disable audio digital output for the video.

For copying and pasting the video URL: If it is from a site like Dailymotion or YouTube, open up the full video page first. Example: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6emr5p or https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ap5Fp2T6c. It doesn’t support playlists.

Which video site works?

We have tried it with popular video hosting sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo. They all work. But streams from sites like Twitch, Yahoo View, Break, and Metacafe are not supported. Direct video links to .mp4 files hosted on http:// addresses will certainly work.

If you found additional video sites that work (or doesn’t work) in VLC for Android network streams, then let us know in the comments below.

5 thoughts to “VLC for Android: Play YouTube, Dailymotion, and Online Video Streams”

  1. before I setup my VLC Player (android) to play video files from Google Chrome android, instead of playing on it’s browser video elements… but now I forgot how I do that, or may be I need to setup Chrome to play video automatically to VLC?

  2. My version of VLC doesn’t have a “Stream” option in the menu. It does have an “Open MRL” option which always fails whenever I enter a YouTube link into it.

  3. I have successfully tested VLC for Android with the h.264 stream from an Axis video encoder. I would like to know if there is any way of creating a shortcut that will open the stream directly without having to paste the address in. I assume this would apply to other streams but I need to be able to directly access any one of 6 different encoders.

    FWIW, this is to replace use of a Windows laptop running VLC and it was easily done by including the address on the command line of a shortcut.

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